Category Archives: In the Archive

Invasive Species Awareness Month

February is Invasive Species Awareness Month here in Hawai’i, but the importance of value of the topic warrants discussion and learning all year long. Invasive species can take the form of plants or animals and could be big or small. Many of us are familiar with invasive species like cane toads and rats, but did you know that species like strawberry guava and ants fall into that category, too?

This is the perfect time to learn more about the difference between endemic, indigenous and introduced species and what makes something invasive. Something as simple as a beloved house plant can end up becoming a problem if left unchecked. Since the time that many of the recordings in our collection were created invasive species threats have grown. Now, we have Little Fire Ants and the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, as well as invasive seaweeds and reef fish. Read more about Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Month, here, and challenge yourself to be more aware and learn about what you can do to protect Hawaiʻi’s unique natural environment.

In the spirit of boosting the message, we’ve assembled some clips and resources below that show or discuss introduced, invasive and native species and what work has been taking place to help protect Hawaiʻi’s native flora and fauna.

Non-Native and Introduced Species

Click on the images below to watch the clips.

Native Species

Click on the images below to view the clips.

Local informational websites for further exploration:

Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council –

Each major island has its own Invasive Species Committees:

The Hawaiʻi Little Fire Ant Awareness Website –

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death –

Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species –

Hawaii Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response –

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and we decided to reflect on the resources in our archive that demonstrate and acknowledge the strength of women in Hawaii’s history. This selection of videos highlights the contributions of women and their engagement in changing the understanding of where women are situated within the social and political landscape of Hawaii.


Hanapbuhay Filipina: Looking for Work in Hawaii

Description: A look at Filipino immigrant women and their problems with finding suitable employment in Hawaiʻi.


Hannah Springer Interview May 30, 1995

Description: Hannah Springer interview May 30, 1995. Hannah discusses topics such as women in Hawaiian leadership roles, subsistence living, origin of Hawaiian pig hunting, transmission of Hawaiian knowledge, and tradition.


First Friday: The Unauthorized News: Native Women Poets (July 1991)

Description: Poetry Readings by Native Hawaiian Women Dana Naone Hall and Haunani-Kay Trask and Native American Woman Joy Harjo. The reading was presented on June 6, 1991.


Her Majesty: Lili’ukalani

Description: Documentary about Queen Liliʻuokalani and her life; before and after the overthrow. Features interviews with people who knew her intimately including Aunty Alice Namakelua.

View our web theme on WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH for more archival footage!

Ask An Archivist Day


To kick off American Archives Month, on October 1st, ‘Ulu‘ulu will join archivists around the country and take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to ask any questions you might have about ‘Ulu‘ulu’s collections, about archives or about the archivist profession in general! All you need to do is tweet your question with the hashtag on (or before) Thursday, Oct. 1. If your question is specifically intended for us, be sure to tag us @uluuluarchive so we won’t miss it.

Not sure what to ask? Here are a few questions we frequently get:

  • What does an archivist do?
  • How do you decide which videos to digitize?
  • What is the oldest film in your collection?
  • What’s your favorite video in your collection?
  • What’s your favorite Bruddah Iz song?
  • Which local restaurant makes the best mac salad?

Okay okay so I may have just made up the last two to make sure you’re paying attention. But hey, the point is ask anything you might be curious about. We look forward to seeing and answering your questions! We’ll do our best to get to each of them in a timely manner.

New Art at ‘Ulu‘ulu

We’ve added an original painting by Avi Kiriaty to our archives space. The painting, entitled “ohana”, was dedicated to the memory of Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni – ‘Ulu‘ulu’s namesake and a dear friend of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. This very same painting used to hang in Senator Inouye’s Honolulu office and is currently on loan to ‘Ulu‘ulu from the Daniel K. Inouye Institute.

Original painting by Avi Kiriaty entitled "ohana".

Original painting by Avi Kiriaty entitled “ohana”.

Upon loaning the painting to the archive, Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye wrote:

“The story of Dan Inouye is the story of modern Hawaii and the story of the promise of America… I am pleased to loan the ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaii the painting by Avi Kiriaty entitled “The Family (Ohana)”. As appropriate, I hope you will display it proudly and fondly in Dan’s memory. His life’s work can be captured in two simple words – freedom and fairness. Through this loan, I hope his legacy of leadership and an unwavering hope for the future will be carried forward.”

We mahalo Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye and the Daniel K. Inouye Institute for sharing this beautiful painting with us! We also welcome you all to come visit us to view the painting (and our collections!).